Archive for January, 2015

Juice Buzz

January 29th, 2015

Located off of Delray Beach’s historic Atlantic Avenue, Juice Buzz has been providing high-quality cold pressed juices for about a year and a half to both thirsty locals and tourists alike. We had the pleasure of touring this local favorite with Jaqueline (Jax) Sheridan, owner and founder of Juice Buzz, as she guided us through the juice making process.

 

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Tell us a little about Jax.

I was born in Hollywood, FL and lived in Orlando, but grew up in New Jersey. I attended the University of Florida, then lived in Hawaii and California before making my way back to my home state and finding a new home in Delray Beach. I have been here now close to nine years. I love it!

I grew up in the hotel business with my father, so it was a natural choice to study Travel and Tourism. I love people and different cultures and service, therefore, I worked in several hotels and restaurants for over 12 years. Yoga had found me in between all the moves and all the jobs. I have been practicing for 15 years and guiding Vinyasa classes since 2008. My heart and soul are grateful for yoga– all aspects of it.

I will be celebrating two years married with Matthew in April and couldn’t be happier!

 

How did you get into juicing?

I think juicing goes hand-in-hand with eating healthy, living mindfully and, yes, practicing yoga. I think I started just a few years back. I do not cook very often, or well for that matter, so if I went food shopping it was mostly fruits and vegetables, and if I didn’t eat them whole I would just throw them in the blender or juicer at home.

 

How has juicing changed your lifestyle?

Although I said juicing goes hand-in-hand with eating healthy and being mindful, I did not eat a nutritious well balanced “diet” for most of my life. I have not been good at taking vitamins routinely, so I found, and still find it best and most beneficial, to juice for my vitamins and minerals and enzymes. I feel so much more alive. I feel more energized. My skin has cleared! It also saves time, since I am often on the go.

 

What are some ingredients people love, but wouldn’t normally put in their juice?

Asparagus, broccoli, red pepper and cauliflower are some random juicing ingredients people may not think to use, but are totally acceptable and very healing! Some may even like to add Himalayan Salt.

 

What separates good sustainable ingredients from lower quality ones?

Prana – life force of course! Think about it, everything is energy, so if you want good, high vibrational energy coursing through your blood and cells, then you want good quality food. Anything closest to it’s most natural state is the obvious, more positive and healthier answer.

 

Is there really a difference between organic and conventional? If so, are there certain fruits and veggies that MUST be organic, while others are OK to be conventional?

Here’s the most basic difference – pesticides. Pesticides are toxic and created specifically to kill living organisms – insects, plants and fungi. Many pesticides pose health dangers to people and have been linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, skin, and eye and lung irritation.  So if you’re not buying organic, or even locally farmed, then you’re just poisoning yourself and your family.

There are the “Dirty Dozen,” which are produce that should be bought organic, and the “Clean 15,” which are OK not to. The Dirty Dozen includes apples, celery, grapes, nectarines, peaches, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, hot peppers, potatoes and cherry tomatoes.  “Clean Fifteen” list the least pesticide consist of onions, pineapples, avocados, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, sweet corn, cauliflower, papayas, mangoes, asparagus, eggplant, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes.

 

How can you make juicing more affordable?

Well, now that depends on how much value and worth one puts on their health, as to what is considered affordable. I have done the cost comparison and have had several people tell me they know that they can spend the same amount by juicing at home as they can by coming to JuiceBuzz. If you want to do it at home, then I suggest finding a local farmer’s market you can go to twice a week and buy organic, which means they need to be juiced asap. If you’re using a masticating or centrifugal juicer, then you really should drink the juice right away. A centrifugal juicer will be most cost effective. Also, you can create a budget on what you can spend and think is worthy and support your favorite local cold press juice bar as often as you like. And know that it’s worth it. They’ll do the shopping and make a mess and clean up for you!

 

Explain the process of cold pressing, how is it different from other juicing methods?

There are three ways to juice – Centrifugal, Masticating and Cold Press.

Centrifugal is the most common type of juicer. These typically utilize a fast-spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. The fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer.

Masticating (Omegas) work at a slower speed, offering less heat and mimics how we chew our food.

Cold Press, specifically on a Norwalk Juicer, is a slow and careful process extracting fruit and vegetable juice through a hydraulic press. You get the highest quality plant-based nutrition available and the freshest-tasting juice possible. Cold press juicers use just enough pressure to extract the juice, while preserving its vitamins, enzymes, trace minerals and phytonutrients up to five times more than any other juicer. Because cold press juicing is so precise with its process of extraction, there is minimal air and heat, so very little oxidation occurs. This means you can enjoy our cold pressed juice up to 3 days after extraction!

Most ‘healthy’ juices on the market are pasteurized to destroy potentially harmful bacteria. However, the process of pasteurization significantly depletes beneficial nutrients. Be mindful of those bottles at the markets that say cold press and are not. Think about it – do you know the source of their produce, do you know how long the bottles sat in a truck or how long they’ve been in plastic in the heat or even on the shelves in the store?

 

Juice Buzz’s Detox Rox: 

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A juice for detoxifying the body. Ingredients include cucumber, celery, coconut water, cilantro, parsley, lemon and ginger.

Celery, is loaded with potassium, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and essential amino acids. Not to mention it’s one of the most alkalinizing things you can put in your body.

Parsley and cilantro are great for detoxing heavy metals from the body that we accumulate from environmental pollution.

Healthier Mac & Cheese

January 27th, 2015

Mac & Cheese is a household favorite dish, but isn’t necessarily the healthiest option. Here is a great way to spice up this common comfort food with some fresh, organic additions.

 

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Ingredients:

1 box Organic Mac & Cheese (Annie’s)

2 tbsp 2% Plain Greek Yogurt

3 tbsp Almond Milk

1 tbsp Rosemary or Regular olive oil

1 Jalapeño (optional)

1 small Heirloom Tomato

1 Avocado

2 cups Arugula

Red Pepper Flakes to taste (optional)

Dash of fresh Rosemary

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

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Directions:

1. Boil 6 cups of water, dash of salt and olive oil in a medium saucepan.

2. Stir in the pasta, bring to a boil. Cook 8-10 minutes, or until done. Remember to stir occasionally.

3. Drain pasta in a colander before returning to the saucepan.

4. Add 3 Tbsp of almond milk, cheese packet, greek yogurt and rosemary olive oil to the pasta, mix thoroughly.

5. Add diced jalapeño, red pepper flakes, diced tomato and salt & pepper to the saucepan. Mix well.

6. Serve over a bed of arugula and add sliced avocado. Enjoy!

 

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The Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

January 22nd, 2015

You can find Citrus limon, more commonly known as Lemon, in almost every recipe and style of food, but we bet you didn’t realize that it has a plethora of powerful healing properties, especially in the form of essential oil.

Let us help you get educated on the benefits of Lemon essential oil in this breakdown.

 

 

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Plant Part: 

Essential oil is pressed from the outer rind of the lemon.

 

Therapeutic Properties: 

• Helpful for flu, bronchitis, gastric infections and colds
• Will help prevent spread of infection
• Helps control greasy skin and boils
• Can be used to remove corns and warts when mixed with tea tree oil. Apply daily and avoid contact with surrounding tissue, as it will irritate the skin.
• Disinfectant for cleaning
• Cleansing to diffuse in the house when someone is sick
• Emotionally uplifting
• Helps defend body against infection

 

Applications:

Diffuse: 

Use in a diffuser on a regular basis to purify the air.

Cold and Flu: 

For a stellar cold and flu fighter, combine 6 drops of Lemon essential oil, 6 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, 6 drops of Tea Tree essential oil with 1 ounce of unscented lotion or organic Jojoba oil. Rub on the chest and enjoy.

Uplifter: 

Blend Lemon essential oil with organic Jojoba oil for topical application to create an uplifting effect for your mood.

 

Blending: 

Lemon essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma, that blends well with Sandalwood and Vetiver.

 

Safety:

Can cause irritation if the oil is oxidized. Lemon is photosensitizing at 13 drops per oz or more, which can cause burning and skin damage when exposed to direct sunlight. Non-toxic, non-irritating.

Immunity-Boosting Body Scrub

January 20th, 2015

 

Instead of spending a fortune on store-bought body scrubs, let us show you how to make one yourself for a fraction of the cost. It’s fun, simple and easy!

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Essential Oil Breakdown:

Ho Wood is a great immune booster.

Geranium has wonderful toning benefits for your skin.

Patchouli helps heal damaged skin and improves elasticity.

Carrot Seed promotes skin repair and rejuvenation.

 

Ingredients:

5 drops Carrot Seed essential oil

10 drops Patchouli essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

15-20 drops Ho Wood essential oil

1 oz  Jojoba Oil

4 oz Himalayan Pink Salt Course/Fine

 

Steps:

 

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1. Use a 4oz glass jar with a secure lid to properly store your salt scrub.

 

 

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2. Add 4 oz of Himalayan Pink Salt into your jar.

 

 

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3. Add 1 oz of organic Jojoba oil into the jar. Be sure to let the Jojoba fully absorb into the salt before proceeding to your next step.

 

 

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4. Add 15-20 drops of Ho Wood, 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Patchouli and 5 drops Carrot Seed essential oil into the mixture of salt and Jojoba oil.

 

 

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5. Mix the salt and oils thoroughly before securing the lid on the jar.

 

 

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6. Voilà, enjoy your wonderfully crafted organic essential oil salt scrub!

 

 

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Color Therapy

January 13th, 2015

We are all organic beings. Every molecule in our body is a vibration. When we see color, it’s a vibration on our retina. The same is true with olfaction. When we inhale things, such as essential oils, they create a whole vibration, which, in turn, sends a cascade of emotional responses through our bodies.

Here at 21 Drops, sight and scent are fused together to create a healthier mind and body. Even the colors of our pure essential oil combinations are a direct reflection of the emotional or physical effect of the blend.  

 

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Our Featured Blends & Their Colors:

Detox

 Color:

Blue calms, cools and sedates. 

• Essential Oils:

Cardamom refreshes and settles the stomach.
Geranium helps purify and support.
Juniper helps flush out toxins.
Lavender soothes nerves.

The color blue and these essential oils are linked to the throat chakra, which is known for communication and self expression. 

 

Equalize

• Color: 

– Orange stimulates an appetite for life and encourages socialization and activity. 

• Essential Oils:

Frankincense balances emotions.
Palmarosa promotes stability.
Rose invites feelings of love, soothes the heart and eases despair.
Sandalwood encourages self-acceptance and creates inner peace and harmony.

The color orange and these essential oils are associated with the sacral chakra, which is connected to sexuality. 

 

Pain Relief

 Color: 

– Yellow stimulates the nervous system and is linked to the stomach, liver, skin, large intestine, and muscular system. 

• Essential Oils:

Ginger helps with circulation.
German Chamomile reduces tension.
Juniper helps ease discomfort.
Myrrh helps soothe muscles.

The color yellow and these essential oils are connected to the solar plexus chakra, which is our power center.

 

De-Stress

 Color:

– Green soothes and relaxes mentally and physically, alleviating depression and anxiety. 

• Essential Oils:

Frankincense quiets the mind.
German Chamomile reduces tension.
Lavender reduces anxiety.
Ylang Ylang helps ease panic attacks.

The color green and these essential oils are fused to the heart chakra, which is linked to warmth, love compassion and joy.

 

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Achieve Your New Year’s Goals With Essential Oils

January 9th, 2015

Out of the millions of people who make New Year’s resolutions each year, only about 8% of people succeed. We’ve put together a list of popular New Year’s resolutions and essential oils that may help you achieve your goals for this year!

 

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1. Quit Smoking 

For all the smokers out there struggling to quit, aromatherapy may help ease the intensity of tobacco withdrawal. Fight the urge with these 4 essential oils:

Black Pepper Essential Oil may help decrease intensity of cravings
Cedarwood Essential Oil maximizes endurance
Juniper Essential Oil energizes and invigorates
Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the mind

Looking for a portable simple solution? Try our Invigorate Blend

 

2. Lose Weight

One of the most popular resolutions is to be healthier and more active. With proper exercise and diet, essential oils can help you curb your craving and boost your physical activity level. Kick-start your weight loss goals with these 3 essential oils:

Cardamom Essential Oil eases the stomach
Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as an appetite suppressant
Juniper Essential Oil cleanses, stimulates, invigorates

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Abstain Blend

 

3. Improve Personal Relationships 

Spend more time with loved ones this year. Take time to smell the roses… no pun intended. Open your heart with these 4 essential oils:

Cardamom Essential Oil enlivens and refreshes
Jasmine Essential Oil helps to diminish fears and inhibitions
Rose Essential Oil invites the feeling of love
Sandalwood Essential Oil encourages self-acceptance

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Passion Blend

 

4. Be More Positive 

Life is too short, it’s time to develop a more positive outlook on life this year. Boost your mood with these 4 essential oils:

German Chamomile Essential Oil aids emotional healing
Helichrysum Essential Oil buoys the spirit
Rose Essential Oil soothes the heart and eases despair
Lavender Essential Oil nurtures and balances emotions

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Uplift Blend

 

5. Get Focused 

Let’s stay focused this year and complete what we have set out to accomplish. Stay on track with these 3 essential oils:

Frankincense Essential Oil promotes clarity
Peppermint Essential Oil stimulates the mind
Rosemary Essential Oil reduces fogginess

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Focus Blend

 

6. Get More Sleep

Let’s make an effort to get that well-deserved rest this year. Studies show getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night helps boost memory and learning retention.  Aim to get a full night of sleep with the help of these 4 essential oils:

Palmarosa Essential Oil helps diminish anxiety
Sandalwood Essential Oil quiets the mind
Vetiver Essential Oil soothes and helps with relaxation
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil encourages peace

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Sleep Blend

 

7. Be Creative

Embrace your creative flow this year and tap into your right-brain for inspiration. Open your mind to a world of possibility with these 3 essential oils:

Black Pepper Essential Oil releases blocked energy
Cedarwood Essential Oil grounds and supports confidence
Sandalwood Essential Oil quiets mental activity

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Inspire Blend

 

8. Meditate 

The practice of meditation is great for your mental and physical health! Achieve inner peace this year with these 3 essential oils:

Jasmine Essential Oil helps relieve depression
Sweet Orange Essential Oil alleviates fear and frustration
Vetiver Essential Oil nurtures and restores nerves

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Calm Blend

Best Workouts of 2015

January 6th, 2015

It seems like there are more and more choices for exercise popping up around the country – yoga, pilates, fusion classes, circuit training, group fitness, one-on-ones, dance, barre, spinning – just writing them all down in exhausting! By the time you research all of the different options, it’s hard to motivate yourself to actually go to the class. We’ve rounded up our favorite studios in California, New York and Florida to help simplify the process and kick that New Year’s resolution into high gear!

Florida

 Slash Fitness – Delray Beach

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Slash Fitness offers a modern, fresh approach to full-body, real-result workouts. From 45-minute power building and burning classes to one-on-one personal training sessions, you are guaranteed to see amazing results. At Slash your body is the machine!

 

P2 Pilates – Miami

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P2 Pilates offers private one-on-one, personalized pilates training with Karen Schachter, a 15 year yoga and pilates veteran, along with Amanda Tamis, who specializes in fitness training and Pilates rehabilitation. From the extreme athlete to those in rehabilitation, P2 Pilates provides a body sculpting, well-rounded exercise for everyone.

 

The Vixen Workout – Miami – L.A – Chicago – NJ – NY

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The Vixen Workout is a high-intensity, Hip-Hop/cardio dance class for women who want a non-traditional full-body workout. Get ready to burn up to 1000 calories in 60 minutes of booty-clapping, surfborting, and swirling with this fun intensive workout!

 

 

California

Hot 8 Yoga – Beverly Hills – Santa Monica

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For the environmentally-conscious yogi, Hot 8 offers eco-friendly designed rooms with cutting edge climate control. They offer 200 classes per week with various levels of intensity. Hot 8 Yoga will help you shape, tone and improve your body, reduce stress, control weight, relieve lower back pain, improve skin quality, detoxify and more.

 

Eden by Eden Sassoon Pilates – Beverly Hills

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Pilates Plus by Eden Sassoon is a collaboration of highly-intense Pilates classes that will inspire you and change your body. They also offer cardio classes like Zumba and Piloxing. For the a more centered and core based enthusiast workout addict try Pure Core, or their version of a ballet barre class, The Sass Barre.

 

Avant Barre – San Francisco

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Through their modern, energetic approach to barre exercise, Avant Barre is quickly becoming one of San Francisco’s hottest new workouts. These fun, but challenging classes are structured to incorporate circuit-like training, micro-movements, dynamic full-body exercises, strength poses, deep stretching and cardio combined with inventive choreography. Dance your way to a long, lean dancer’s body with Avant Barre!

 

 

New York

The Movement – NYC

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If you’re looking pay it forward this year, look no further then The Movement! They donate $1 per person, per class to the National Brain Tumor Society. Their innovative variety of group classes and workshops offer something for everybody from intensive core yoga in CrossFlowX with Heidi Kristoffer to a cathartic mind-body experience in The Class with Taryn Toomey.

 

Modelfit – NYC

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Modelfit is designed to build individual fitness programs, combined with nutritional plans to promote a happier, healthier, well-rounded lifestyle. They offer a range of classes, one-on-one personal training, as well as a fabulous selection of organic pressed juices and prepared food.

 

Yoga Vida – NYC

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Yoga Vida strives to create a community to build happier and healthier lives. This NYC studio has created a welcoming yoga environment for everyone, with judgement, pressure or demands. They are committed to beginning and continuing your education with quality yoga at an affordable price. Take a morning or evening flow class with Gisele Agnew at the Union Square or NOHO Location she is one of our favorites at Yoga Vida!